A study into the relationship of foot posture index and hamstring injuries in professional rugby players
Hughes, Lauren Claire
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Objectives: To assess in a sample of players from a professional rugby union setting, whether foot posture is a consequence of hamstring muscle strain injuries. Method: A prospective study was performed with 16 subjects from a regional rugby union club. 8 of the subjects had previous history of hamstring tears and 8 were used as controls with no previous history of hamstring tears. Foot posture measurements were taken from each player using the FPI-6 criteria (Redmond 2005). The null hypothesis tested will be that pronated players are more prone to hamstring injuries than any other posture. Results: The Null hypothesis was proven and the majority of the players possessing pronated foot postures had a higher incidence of hamstring tears. Out of the 8 subjects that had previous hamstring tears, 50% of them classified as pronated, 38% were in a neutral position and 12% were supinated. From the 8 subjects that had no history of hamstring tears, 75% possessed a neutral position whereas 25% resulted to be supinated. It was discovered that age and previous strain were two important variables that influenced hamstring injury incidence. Conclusion: Discovering a players' foot posture prior to hamstring injury onset will enable sufficient prevention techniques to be implemented. The reliability and success of these techniques are yet to be published, producing a necessary outlet for research.
BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition
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